IOM, the UN Migration Agency Strengthens Sudan’s Criminal Justice System in Addressing Human Trafficking
17th December 2017- Khartoum, Sudan, during a high-level ceremony on the 14th December chaired by his Excellency Honorable Chief Justice, Haider Ahmed Dafaa-Allah at the Sudan Judicial and Legal Sciences Institute (JLSI) and attended by dignitaries from the Sudanese government and members of the international community, the Institute formally endorsed its new counter-trafficking training curriculum on investigating and prosecuting human trafficking in Sudan. The training curriculum is one of the products of “Strengthening the Capacity of Criminal Justice System to Address Human Trafficking”, a nine month project implemented by IOM, the UN Migration Agency and funded by the Government of the United Kingdom.
IOM, the UN Migration Agency has been working closely with the JLSI to develop an extensive set of training material and train trainers from within the criminal justice system to deliver it. The training will enhance the knowledge and skills of Judges, Prosecutors and Police Officers on human trafficking legislation and in applying care and protection principles during the investigation and prosecution of cases. A notable success of the training is that it brings together the three branches of the Sudanese criminal justice system: the Judiciary, the Criminal Prosecution Services and the Police Force.
Giving high acclaim to the project, the Dean of the JLSI, Dr. Sawsan Shendi, praised the successes achieved over the last nine months which included training of 20 senior judges, prosecutors, police and social workers to become trainers of the aforementioned training curriculum; the development of a national handbook on investigating and prosecuting human trafficking; national guidelines on victim care and protection of trafficked persons; five successful workshops to develop and pilot the material; and training of 100 judges, prosecutors and police from eight states.
The Chairperson of the closing ceremony, his Excellency Honourable Chief Justice, Haider Ahmed Dafaa-Allah, stated that “Sudan is ready to make all necessary efforts to join the global agreements and actions to combat human trafficking. Human trafficking is closely related to the criminal justice system and it is important to deepen awareness around issues related to it.”
Co-chairing the ceremony, Mr. Omar Ahmed Mohammed, The General Prosecutor of the Republic of Sudan, emphasized that “human trafficking has become a global problem. It is a crime that affects the most vulnerable people in society, namely women and children. Sudan recognizes the seriousness and danger of human trafficking and that is why the 2014 counter-trafficking law and the National Committee for Combatting Human Trafficking were established.”
The project was generously funded by the Government of the United Kingdom, represented by Mr. David Lelliott, Deputy Head of Mission and Consul General of United Kingdom to Sudan who welcomed the government of Sudan’s commitment to combatting human trafficking and recognized that “victim care and protection of individuals are at the heart of this project.”
Mr. Norberto Celestino, IOM Sudan Officer in Charge highlighted IOM’s commitment to support the Government of Sudan not only “preventing trafficking, [but also] offering safe, dignified and sustainable alternatives after victims of trafficking are rescued.”
While the event today closed the nine month project, it marks the beginning of rolling out the training curriculum throughout Sudan with plans to hold workshops in the pipeline starting from early next year.
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